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Getting started with a new camera in 4 steps

A few years ago (Maybe as many as TEN), I took the plunge and bought my first DSLR. The Nikon D5000.

My Nikon D5000 has been with me everywhere since then. But towards the early part of this year I was hankering for something new. Well, either a new lens or camera body. I opted for a new lens (the Tokina 11-16mm wide angle), satisfied in the knowledge that I’ll carry on learning with a new lens, while saving for that new camera body I’d been lusting after – the Nikon D7200.

So, my parents are kind of awesome. They were generous enough to buy me the D7200 for my birthday. A move I totally wasn’t expecting. When my mum asked me for a birthday wish list I casually shoved the D7200 on at the end, labelling it as a dream gift. Meanwhile most of the list was a list of Kindle books, things I need for work, because … that’s more birthday gift-like for someone in their early 30s, right?

Once I got the camera in my hands, I was a little overwhelmed. While not a massive step up from the D5000, the D7200 has so many more dials and buttons and features that I was feeling a little lost and wondered if I should not have pushed more for some Kindle books!

Pushed that thought aside and took some steps to get myself familiar with the camera, and here they are. I thought they were worth sharing if you’re moving up to a new camera or getting your first DSLR. Read more

Photo: When lightning strikes

Not long ago I spent a good hour standing in my balcony desperately trying to take a photo of some lightning. Not just some lightning, but an epic lightning and thunderstorm that was going on above my head.

It didn’t go so well. The best I could do was, well, this:

Lightning - the first attempt

One of those blurry could be almost anything shots. Heck, I could have faked that better in Photoshop. Read more